With Evgeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie out of the Washington Capitals’ lineup against the New York Rangers, the return of Captain Alex Ovechkin and Alternate captain John Carlson were welcome bits of news for Head Coach Peter Laviolette’s team. However, The Great Eight’s return to the lineup lasted just one shift, as he exited the game shortly after taking the ice against the Rangers and will not return.
Ovechkin played a mere 39 seconds before he exited the game to the dressing room.
Shortly after the conclusion of the first period, the Capitals announced that their captain would not return to the game.
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Ovechkin had not played since April 22 due to a lower-body injury and was a game-time decision prior to tonight’s game in New York. Ovechkin is one goal shy of tying Marcel Dionne for fifth-most Goals in NHL history.
By Michael Fleetwood